Showing posts with label Braves at Mets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Braves at Mets. Show all posts

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Today's Starting Lineups - Spring Training Game 10 - Braves at Mets


Today's Starting Lineups - Spring Training Game 10 - Braves at Mets


Braves
  1. Jordan Schafer, rf
  2. Andrelton Simmons, ss
  3. B.J. Upton, cf
  4. Evan Gattis, c
  5. Mark Hamilton, 1b
  6. Joey Terdoslavich, lf
  7. Tommy La Stella, dh
  8. Ramiro Pena, 2b
  9. Tyler Greene, 3b
Kris Medlen, rhp

Mets
  1. Chris Young, lf
  2. Wilmer Flores, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Curtis Granderson, rf
  5. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  6. Matt Clark, 1b
  7. Brandon Allen, dh
  8. Juan Lagares, cf
  9. Ruben Tejada, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Recap: Game 125 - Braves (4) at Mets (1) - Johnson's 3-run blast the difference in 10th


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N.Y. Mets (58-67)0001000000180

W: L. Avilan (5-0) L: S. Atchison (3-2) S: C. Kimbrel (40)
HR: ATL - C. Johnson (10)   NYM - J. Satin (2)

Recap:

Chris Johnson's three-run shot in the 10th inning, which followed a controversial call, lifted Atlanta to a 4-1 decision over New York in the finale of a two-game series.

The victory could be costly, though, for the Braves. Outfielder Jason Heyward may miss the rest of the regular season due to a fractured right jaw he suffered in the sixth inning after taking a pitch from Jon Niese to the side of his face.

X-rays taken at a local hospital showed Heyward's jaw was fractured in two places. He is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

Andrelton Simmons roped a base hit with two down against Scott Atchison (3-2) in the deciding frame, and then Freddie Freeman beat out an infield hit near the mound facing Scott Rice -- but replays seemed to indicate he was out by the slimmest of margins. Johnson stepped in and deposited Greg Burke's first offering into the left-field seats for a 4-1 contest.

"We tried to come in on Chris. We'd been doing it all game, and that was basically where I wanted to put it," said Burke. "It was up a little bit. It was off the plate."

Both second baseman Daniel Murphy and manager Terry Collins were ejected for arguing the Freeman play by umpire Jerry Layne.

"All Jerry said to me is that he thought he got it right," said Mets manager Terry Collins. "I went out to protect Murph."

Craig Kimbrel tossed a scoreless bottom of the 10th for his 40th save, while Luis Avilan (5-0) remained perfect with an unblemished ninth.

Freeman finished with three hits and knocked in the other run for the Braves, who earned a split in the set and have won five of seven overall.

Josh Satin's fourth-inning homer was all the offense for the Mets, who have dropped six of their last 10.

The Braves finally dented Niese in the fourth when Simmons slugged a base hit to center, but he was erased trying to stretch it into a double.

New York then took the lead in the home half, as Satin's leadoff shot to left made it 1-0.

Heyward was hit in the face with two down in the sixth, then Simmons and Freeman singled -- the last of which plated pinch-runner Jordan Schafer with the tying run.

"He said he was OK. He got back on the mound, and he knew he had a job to do. You can't help but hope the guy's all right," Collins said of Niese.

It was the second freak injury in the span of a month between these teams. Braves pitcher Tim Hudson was lost for the season after suffering a gruesomely broken ankle while attempting to cover first on an Eric Young hit.

"He never lost consciousness. It's not the ballpark, but a matter of some freak stuff happening in the course of a season. It could happen anywhere," offered Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The Mets couldn't end the contest despite having the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth.

"If you can't dig deep and match them, winning the game is going to be awfully tough," Collins added of his club's wasted chances.

Game Notes

Atlanta's Alex Wood worked six innings, allowing six hits and one run, fanning four with two walks, while Niese exited after seven full frames having given up one run on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks ... New York fell to 24-28 in day games and 10-17 at Citi Field this season ... The last time the Mets swept a two-game set from the Braves was May 4-5, 2009 at Atlanta ... The last time they accomplished the feat in New York was April 24-25, 1990 ... The Braves made a late roster move, claiming infielder Elliot Johnson off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

Box Score:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 125


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 125:

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd, RF
  4. Andrew Brown, LF
  5. Josh Satin, 1B
  6. Justin Turner, SS
  7. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  8. John Buck, C
  9. Jonathon Niese, LHP

Preview: Game 125 - Braves at Mets - Wood vs Niese


Atlanta Braves (76-49) at New York Mets (58-66) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
A. Wood (L) 6 2-2 2.615.11-13.328/16WSHND6.1511-018.10.98
J. Niese (L) 16 5-6 4.255.21-43.168/16@SDW6.0612-015.14.70

Preview:

The Atlanta Braves almost erased an uncomfortable deficit against the New York Mets in the opener of their two-game set, so they'll try for a split Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Braves were down, 4-0, and rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to pull within a run. Ike Davis, though, gave the Mets some breathing room by leading off the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo home run.

Brandon Beachy was trying to improve to 3-0 since returning from Tommy John surgery, but was dealt the loss for giving up four runs, three of which were earned, and five hits in six innings. A three-run sixth inning put Beachy in a tough situation.

"I was hitting spots. When I'm hitting spots and getting ahead, putting guys on their heels a little bit, mixing it up well, I'm pretty effective," Beachy said. "But I just kind of ran into a buzz saw there in the sixth inning."

Andrelton Simmons provided the scoring with a three-run double in the top of the seventh inning and Freddie Freeman was the only Brave with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Braves outfielder Justin Upton was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a left upper back strain and could return for Wednesday's finale with New York. Upton was replaced by Evan Gattis, who was 0-for-4, and is hitting .269 with 23 homers and 62 RBI this season.

"You get muscle tightness, things lock up," Upton told Atlanta's website. "You just give it a little bit of time and it'll work itself out. Obviously, getting treatment and stuff like that, hopefully it feels better tomorrow. You just never know."

Happy Recap: Game 124 - Braves (3) at Mets (5) - Byrd, Davis, Go Long in Mets Win


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N.Y. Mets (58-66)«10000301x581

W: Z. Wheeler (6-2) L: B. Beachy (2-1) S: L. Hawkins (5)
HR: ATL - None   NYM - M. Byrd (21),I. Davis (8)

Recap:

Marlon Byrd hit a two-run home run and Ike Davis had a home run and two RBI as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves, 5-3, in the opener of a two-game series at Citi Field.

New York starter Zack Wheeler (6-2) gave up three runs on six hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his fifth save.

"I felt pretty comfortable against them. I mean no bash on them, but it's an easy gameplan," Wheeler said. "Dan (Warthen) has a good gameplan going in ... and Travis (d'Arnaud) did a nice job calling the game,"

The Mets are 17-16 since the All-Star break.

Andrelton Simmons drove in all three runs for the Braves. Brandon Beachy (2-1) registered his first loss of the season, surrendering four runs -- three earned -- on five hits in six frames.

In the opening frame, Eric Young reached first on a fielding error by Simmons and later stole second base. With two outs, Davis brought Young home with a single to right.

The Mets scored three runs in the sixth. Young and Daniel Murphy hit back-to- back singles to start the inning before executing a double steal. McCann's throw to second was off the mark, allowing Young to score.

Byrd then hammered a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left to give them a 4-0 lead.

"It might have been a strike, but I don't think it was up. I didn't hang it, it was a decent pitch," said Beachy. "Maybe I should have thrown it the dirt but he hit it, he hit it hard, and that's what happens."

However, the Braves responded in the seventh. Wheeler retired the first two batters before allowing a double to Paul Janish and walking pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich and Jason Heyward. With the bases loaded, Carlos Torres came into the game in relief, but he gave up a bases-clearing double to Simmons.

Davis' leadoff homer in the eighth accounted for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Mets lead the season series 8-7 ... Young has 28 stolen bases this season, the fifth most in the National League ... Murphy is on a seven-game hitting streak ... B.J. Upton came out in the ninth and struck out. He is hitless in his last 20 at-bats ... Atlanta's Alex Wood is scheduled to face New York's Jonathon Niese in Wednesday's series finale.

Box Score:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 124


Today's Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 124

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. Marlon Byrd, rf
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Wilmer Flores, 3b
  6. Juan Lagares, cf
  7. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Zack Wheeler, rhp

Preview: Game 124 - Braves at Mets - Beachy vs Wheeler


Atlanta Braves (76-48) at New York Mets (57-66) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
B. Beachy (R) 4 2-0 4.505.20-04.268/14PHIW6.0622-020.12.21
Z. Wheeler (R) 11 5-2 3.435.21-26.208/15@SDND6.0711-117.13.12

Preview:

The Atlanta Braves will try to extend their road winning streak when they visit the New York Mets Tuesday for the opener of a quick two-game set at Citi Field.

The Braves have won six in a row on the road and went 6-3 on a recent nine- game homestand, which was capped by Sunday's 2-1 win versus the Washington Nationals. Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson had an RBI apiece and starting pitcher Julio Teheran threw six scoreless innings for the win. Teheran walked three and struck out five batters.

"(Teheran) didn't have his best stuff today," Braves catcher Gerald Laird said. "He was struggling with the changeup and he didn't have that slider. But he kept making pitches when he needed to."

Craig Kimbrel struck out three and worked around a hit in the ninth for his 39th save, which is tied for the major league lead with Baltimore's Jim Johnson.

Johnson still leads the National League with a .335 batting average and is riding a seven-game hitting streak.

Atlanta is 16 games ahead of the Nationals for the NL East lead and has won 19 of the last 22 contests.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 98 - Braves (4) at Mets (7) - Buck drives in three runs, Wheeler wins his 4th game


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N.Y. Mets (45-53)«00400300x7141

W: Z. Wheeler (4-1) L: K. Loe (1-2) S: B. Parnell (20)
HR: ATL - D. Uggla (21),F. Freeman (11)   NYM - None

Recap:

John Buck drove in three runs to back Zack Wheeler, as the New York Mets salvaged a split of their four-game set against the Atlanta Braves with Thursday's 7-4 win.

Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd each went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Mets, while David Wright had two hits and one RBI.

Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman both homered off Wheeler (4-1), who gave up two more hits, walked two and struck out five over six innings.

"I thought Wheeler threw well. He made one mistake to me and one mistake to Freddie and that was really it," Uggla said.

Fellow rookie Alex Wood, making his second career start, failed to last five frames for Atlanta. The 22-year-old allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Wood, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, started in place of fellow left-hander Paul Maholm, who suffered a wrist contusion last Saturday against the White Sox. It was initially believed the injury landed Maholm on the disabled list, but he is still on the active roster.

Instead, Wood took the roster spot of hurler Tim Hudson, who was placed on the DL a day after sustaining a fractured right ankle that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season. Covering first base in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game, Hudson was inadvertently stepped on by outfielder Eric Young Jr.

The Mets scored three runs off Kameron Loe (0-1) in the sixth after the Braves had tied the game at 4-4 on Freeman's leadoff blast in the top half of the inning.

Andrew Brown opened the frame with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on a base hit by Murphy.

Wright then sent a Loe offering to the gap in left-center that bounced off the warning track and over the wall for an apparent ground-rule double. However, the umpires saw the play differently and Wright wound up with an RBI triple. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez came out to argue and was subsequently ejected by third-base umpire Chad Fairchild.

The New York third baseman wound up coming home on a two-out double by Buck.

David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each tossed an inning in relief of Wheeler, with Parnell pitching the ninth for his 20th save.

"Our guys realize (the game) isn't over until the last out is made," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Atlanta took advantage of a throwing error after a wild pitch to get on the board in the first inning. With two outs, Evan Gattis swung and missed at a curveball in the dirt that got away from Buck. The Mets catcher retrieved the ball and made an ill-advised throw to first that hit Gattis, allowing Reed Johnson, who doubled, to score.

Buck atoned for the error by capping a four-run third inning with a two-run single, but Uggla closed the gap to 4-3 in the fourth with a two-run blast to left.

Game Notes

Brown replaced Young, who left after three innings with right knee pain ... The Mets were 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 men on base.

Box Score:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 98


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 98:

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Josh Satin, 1b
  6. Justin Turner, ss
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Juan Lagares, cf
  9. Zack Wheeler, rhp

Preview: Game 98 - Braves at Mets - Wood vs Wheeler (12:10 PM Start)


Atlanta Braves (57-44) at New York Mets (44-53) 12:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
A. Wood (L) 1 0-2 2.453.00-12.086/18NYML3.0210-05.10.00
Z. Wheeler (R) 6 3-1 3.585.10-16.757/20PHIND4.2722-016.22.16

Preview:

Alex Wood is trying to show the Atlanta Braves he's capable of earning a spot in their banged-up rotation.

Zack Wheeler is just trying to show the New York Mets some consistency.

A day after the Braves lost Tim Hudson to a broken ankle, Wood gets the ball in place of another injured starter as the Braves attempt to solve Wheeler in the finale of this four-game series at Citi Field on Thursday.

Atlanta (57-44) has been without sinkerballer Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery) all season, and they've lost two more starters in Hudson and Paul Maholm (wrist contusion) this week.

Hudson became the latest injured Brave during Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Mets (44-53). The veteran right-hander was covering first on a close play in the eighth inning when New York's Eric Young stepped on his ankle, resulting in a gruesome injury in which Hudson collapsed to the ground before being carted off.

"It's terrible," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "That's a big blow."

Hudson's injury, which could rule him out for the season, may put more of an onus on Wood (0-2, 2.45 ERA) to claim a spot in the rotation. The 22-year-old rookie left-hander was already scheduled to replace Maholm, who was placed on the disabled Monday.

Wood, however, will need to show improvement since he was charged with a 4-3 loss to the Mets in his only career start June 18. He gave up one run with five strikeouts and three walks in three innings while throwing 73 pitches in the first game of a doubleheader.

Recap: Game 97 - Braves(8) at Mets (2) - Five Run Fifth Looms Large for Braves, Hudson Injured - Still gets win


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W: T. Hudson (8-7) L: J. Hefner (4-8)
HR: ATL - E. Gattis (15),D. Uggla (20),A. Simmons (11)   NYM - None

Recap:

Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson was pitching shutout baseball into the eighth inning against the New York Mets, but the veteran suffered a fractured right ankle.

The Braves, who got homers from Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons and Evan Gattis, beat the Mets, 8-2, but it proved to be a costly win for the NL East leaders.

The Braves said Hudson will have surgery in Atlanta when swelling to the ankle goes down. No timetable was given for recovery, but it's likely he'll be lost for the season.

Hudson was taken off the field on a stretcher after being injured when Eric Young's spike hit flush on Hudson's right ankle at first base. Young hit a sharp grounder that went off the chest of first baseman Freddie Freeman. Hudson raced to the bag to accept the throw, and with his foot on the base, Young stepped on Hudson's ankle, and the foot twisted awkwardly.

"It's a freak play. Two guys going for the bag and EY just stepped on him. By the reaction of the crowd it wasn't good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The veteran pitcher tumbled to the ground in pain and medical personnel were careful not to move his legs, which were bounded together. Hudson was then put on a stretcher and lifted onto a cart.

Before he was wheeled off the field, Young came over and spoke to Hudson.

"I apologized to him and told him it was an accident. I obviously wasn't trying to hurt him on the play," Young said. "He just told me to keep my head up and keep playing the game the complete, hard way, the right way. He said there was nothing I could do about it. That made me feel somewhat better, but bummed that he's going to be out a little while."

The 38-year-old Hudson (8-7) was charged with four hits and a pair of runs over 7 2/3 innings. Hudson also walked three and had a season-high nine strikeouts to win his fourth straight start.

After he left the contest, Daniel Murphy doubled to left field off Luis Avilan to score Anthony Recker and Omar Quintanilla to get the Mets on the board at 6-2.

Jeremy Hefner (4-8) was pounded for six hits and six runs -- five earned -- over 4 1/3 innings for the Mets, who failed to build on a 4-1 win Tuesday. The four-game series concludes Thursday afternoon.

With two outs in the second, Gattis homered to the second deck in left field.

The Braves tacked on five more runs in the fifth. Brian McCann reached safely on Murphy's error and Gattis singled ahead of Uggla's three-run shot to left. Chris Johnson then singled, and one out later Simmons homered for a second straight night, this being a blast to left.

Atlanta tacked on two runs in the ninth courtesy of a passed ball and a Justin Upton RBI single.

Game Notes

Mets third baseman David Wright was shaken up in the bottom of the fourth inning. He grounded out, but on his follow through, the bat broke and hit Wright in the back of the head ... Rookie left-hander Alex Wood will start for the Braves on Thursday in place of Paul Maholm, who suffered a left wrist contusion on Saturday against the White Sox ... Zack Wheeler, who is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts at Citi Field, pitches for the Mets Thursday ... After going 0-3 in six starts in the month of June, Hudson is 4-0 in four starts in the month of July. He needs three strikeouts for 1,000 with the Braves.

Box Score:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 97


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 97:


  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Jeremy Hefner, rhp

Preview: Game 97 - Braves at Mets - Hudson vs Hefner


Atlanta Braves (56-44) at New York Mets (44-52) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
T. Hudson (R) 20 7-7 4.086.13-75.167/19@CHWW7.1843-021.13.38
J. Hefner (R) 19 4-7 3.935.11-44.047/19PHIL2.01081-116.06.19

Preview:

Tim Hudson tries to win his fourth consecutive start when he leads the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets Wednesday night in the third portion of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Hudson, who is unbeaten in his last four appearances, gave up eight hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings in a road win versus the White Sox Friday. He's just 3-7 in 11 road games this year to go with a 5.16 ERA.

Over his career, the right-hander is 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 games against the Mets.

Jeremy Hefner will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career tonight for the Mets. The righty took a 13-8 loss against the Phillies on Friday when he was shelled for 10 hits and eight runs in two-plus innings.

Happy Recap: Game 96 - Braves (1) at Mets (4) - Carlos Torres strong for six innings in Mets Win


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N.Y. Mets (44-52)«00100300x490

W: C. Torres (1-1) L: K. Medlen (6-10) S: B. Parnell (19)
HR: ATL - A. Simmons (10)   NYM - None

Recap:

Carlos Torres pitched six strong innings and had an RBI single, as the New York Mets topped the Atlanta Braves, 4-1, at Citi Field.

The Braves scored twice in the ninth inning for a 2-1 triumph Monday, but the Mets used a three-run sixth to prevail in the second portion of this four-game set. Ike Davis provided the go-ahead run with an RBI double. John Buck and Juan Lagares also drove in runs during the frame to help the Mets to their third victory in four games.

Torres (1-1), in just his second start of the year and eighth of his big league career, scattered seven hits, including a homer to Andrelton Simmons on the game's second pitch. Torres walked a pair of batters and had six strikeouts while lowering his season ERA to 0.94.

Bobby Parnell retired the side in order in the ninth for his 19th save.

Kris Medlen (6-10) gave up seven hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings to lose his third consecutive start. The righty suffered his first career loss (4-1) in 18 appearances (8 starts) against the Mets.

The NL East leaders lost for the third time in four tries.

Simmons homered to left field, and the Braves threatened for more runs in the first, but Jason Heyward was thrown out at the plate after Evan Gattis singled to center field. That concluded the inning.

Torres singled to left to drive in Lagares, who began the third with a double.

Daniel Murphy and David Wright singled to begin the sixth. Third baseman Chris Johnson saved a run by making a diving stop and threw to second for a force play during Marlon Byrd's at-bat. Byrd was safe at first, and Davis followed with a double off the base of the wall in right field.

Buck then lined a single up the middle for a 3-1 lead. David Carpenter relieved Medlen, and faced Lagares, who lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

Game Notes

The Mets placed pitcher Shaun Marcum on waivers for purposes of his unconditional release on Tuesday. Marcum was placed on the disabled list on July 9 after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome ... The Braves lost for just the third time in their last 12 games at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves- Game 96


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves- Game 96:


  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Ike Davis, 1B
  6. John Buck, C
  7. Juan Lagares, CF
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Carlos Torres, RHP

Preview: Game 96 - Braves at Mets - Medlen vs Torres


Atlanta Braves (56-43) at New York Mets (43-52) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
K. Medlen (R) 19 6-9 3.646.03-44.047/12CINL4.0941-215.17.63
C. Torres (R) 1 0-1 0.794.20-00.007/13@PITND5.0510-09.01.00

Preview:

Good pitching and strong fundamental defense are reasons the Atlanta Braves are atop their division. That was evident Monday night in a 2-1 win over the New York Mets to begin a four-game series.

Tuesday, it's Kris Medlen's turn as the right-hander tries to remain unbeaten in his career when facing the Mets.

Jason Heyward's diving catch in left-center field last night robbed pinch- hitter Justin Turner of a tying and possibly winning hit to end the contest. Atlanta, which has the second-best team ERA in the majors, moved seven games clear of Philadelphia atop the NL East.

Medlen can give his team an opportunity to widen the gap, but the right-hander will have to snap a two-start losing streak. Medlen was been shelled for 17 hits and 11 runs -- 10 earned -- over 9 1/3 innings during his skid with losses to the Reds and Phillies.

He's 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA in 17 games (7 starts) when facing the Mets.

Carlos Torres gets another chance in the rotation for the Mets tonight. With Shaun Marcum on the disabled list, Torres will make his second start of the season and just the eighth in his 56th major league appearance. The right- hander gave up a run in five frames in a no-decision at Pittsburgh July 13. This will be his first career start (5th appearance) versus the Braves.

Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit the go-ahead single as part of a two-run ninth inning last night to start this four-game series.

Recap: Game 95 - Braves (2) at Mets (1) - Heyward saves game for Braves....


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N.Y. Mets (43-52)000100000150

W: J. Walden (4-1) L: B. Parnell (5-5) S: C. Kimbrel (28)
HR: ATL - None   NYM - None

Recap:

Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hit the go-ahead single as part of a two-run ninth inning and Jason Heyward made a game-saving catch in left-center field to end the contest, as the Atlanta Braves defeated the New York Mets, 2-1, in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Craig Kimbrel had trouble in the bottom of the ninth, but notched his 28th save thanks to Heyward. John Buck was hit by a pitch and pinch-runner Andrew Brown moved to second on a wild pitch. After Omar Quintanilla walked, pinch- hitter Justin Turner sent a fly ball to left-center field, but Heyward made a great diving catch to end the game.

"For me, I knew I had to dive off the bat because I didn't think it was in my reach," said Heyward. "As I got closer, well obviously I'm going to try and make the play here with two outs. I got him on a line. If you don't catch it, so be it, but fortunately I was able to get a good enough jump."

Down 1-0 and with Bobby Parnell (5-5) pitching for the Mets, Brian McCann and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back singles to start the ninth, but Dan Uggla hit a grounder towards David Wright, who stepped on third to force pinch-runner Jose Constanza out.



Gattis and Uggla both advanced on a passed ball, putting runners in scoring position. Chris Johnson brought Gattis home with a grounder towards shortstop to tie the game.

Reed Johnson then hit a line drive off a 1-1 fastball to center, giving the Braves the lead.

"I didn't feel like I gave up any hard hit balls, they just unfortunately got through," said Parnell.

Mets starter Dillon Gee's night was spoiled as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed two hits and three walks in his outing. For the 27- year-old right-hander, it's his second straight start without giving up an earned run.

Ike Davis went 2-for-4 and drove in the lone run for the Mets, who recorded just five hits.

New York got on the board in the fourth. Marlon Byrd ripped a leadoff triple and scored on Davis' base hit to right.

Gee had his no-hitter broken up in the seventh when leadoff man Freddie Freeman knocked a line drive past him and into center field. Freeman then stole second as McCann struck out. Gattis singled to left and Uggla was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

However, Chris Johnson hit a grounder towards third and Freeman was thrown out at the plate. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich struck out to end the inning.

The Mets had a chance to extend their lead in the eighth. Eric Young bunted into a fielder's choice, but stole second. After Daniel Murphy was walked, Young stole third. With one out and runners at the corners, Wright struck out and Byrd flew out to right.

Game Notes

Byrd had a five-game RBI streak snapped, but is 10-for-23 over his last six games ... Young had two stolen bases and has 20 for the season ... Luis Avilan pitched a perfect seventh for Atlanta. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 24 appearances, the last one coming on May 21 against the Twins ... Since his last blown save on May 7, Kimbrel has converted 18 straight opportunities and has allowed just one run in 24 outings.

Box Score:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 95


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Braves - Game 95:
  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp

Preview: Game 95 - Braves at Mets - Teheran vs Gee


Atlanta Braves (55-43) at New York Mets (43-51) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
J. Teheran (R) 18 7-5 3.355.23-33.617/14CINL5.1751-117.24.58
D. Gee (R) 19 7-7 4.326.03-32.837/14@PITW6.2501-020.13.10

Preview:

The Atlanta Braves' beat-up starting outfield is scheduled to get back Jason Heyward, which could be perfect timing given his success against New York Mets starter Dillon Gee.

Heyward likely will return from a six-game absence and try to help Atlanta avoid a fourth defeat in five games Monday night at Citi Field.

A right hamstring strain has kept Heyward out of the lineup while B.J. Upton remains on the disabled list with a right adductor strain, causing manager Fredi Gonzalez to get creative with his outfield.

Gonzalez said Heyward, who normally plays right field, would play center until Upton returns. Justin Upton, normally in left, has been playing right.

"I just wanted to make sure my legs were 100 percent before I can go out there and attempt to (play), so having this extra day is great for me," Heyward said. "(Monday) we'll see where we're at, but I think I'm ready to go."

The NL East-leading Braves (55-43) have dropped four of six without Heyward, including Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Evan Gattis, starting in left, drove in the team's only run, but center fielder Reed Johnson was robbed of what would have been a game-tying homer in the eighth.

Brian McCann also was robbed of a potential run-scoring hit earlier in the game.

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